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Research Fellow (M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate)

​Research areas:

Jihadism in Iraq
Jihadism in Syria
The Middle East 
Truls Tønnessen is a historian and research fellow at FFI’s Terrorism Research Group. His key research area includes the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, with a special focus on al-Qaida affiliated groups.
Mr. Tønnessen is currently pursuing a PhD on al-Qaida in Iraq at the University of Oslo. He has also conducted research on al-Qaida’s use of the Internet, and on terrorism against the aviation and against the maritime sector.
Mr. Tønnessen studied History and Arabic at the University of Oslo. His dissertation, titled “Islamisation of the Egyptian Student Movement 1970 – 1981,” dealt with the rise of al-Jama`a al-Islamiyya in Egypt.
Mr.Tønnessen’s publications include:
  • Brutal medieoppmerksomhet. Al-Qaida i Irak på nett, published in Babylon, Volume 10, Issue I, (2012), (in Norwegian)
  • Motstand og politikk i Irak, published in Babylon, Volume 8, Issue I, (2010), (in Norwegian)
  • Training on a Battlefield: Iraq as a Training Ground for Global Jihadis". Published in Terrorism and Political Violence, Volume 20, Issue 4, (October 2008)



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Truls Hallberg Tønnesen. Photo: FFI
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